Popular beach closed after a crocodile is spotted lurking in the ocean just metres away from swimmers
- A crocodile reportedly 2.5metres long has been spotted swimming in Townsville
- Joanna Henderson spotted the croc swimming against the tide off The Strand
- Ms Henderson said she regularly walks in the area and never spotted one before
- Another croc was spotted swimming at Ross Creek near the Metropole Hotel
A woman has captured the shocking moment a crocodile was spotted lurking just metres away from swimmers at a popular beach.
Joanna Henderson spotted the reptile swimming against the tide near Picnic Bay Lifesaving Club in Townsville, north Queensland, about 11am on Saturday.
Ms Henderson, a local from North Ward, told Daily Mail Australia she regularly walks in the area and swims at Jezzine Barracks but has never seen a crocodile there before.
‘That’s the first time I’ve ever seen one so close and the first time I have seen one down there,’ Ms Henderson said.
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A woman captured the shocking moment when a crocodile was spotted lurking just metres away from swimmers at near Picnic Bay Lifesaving Club in Townsville
After news of the crocodile broke, lifeguards updated the Queensland beach report sign at the popular beach with an added crocodile alert notice
‘I’m down The Strand multiple times a week and have never seen one before.’
The kindergarten assistant said she was at the popular beach with her friends from South Africa when they were shocked to see the crocodile lurking in the water.
Ms Henderson said It ‘definitely’ was a crocodile but it was difficult to tell at first.
‘It looked like it could have been a log but as we watched, we could see the movement of the tail and it’s head popping out if the water,’ she said.
She said the crocodile – which she estimated was about 2 to 2.5metre long – was very close to shore, just happily bobbing up and down in the water.
‘It was just out past the yellow buoys put out,’ she said.
Ms Henderson said there was plenty of people swimming in the stinger nets nearby, but the crocodile was not interested and kept swimming by.
‘I even went for a swim this morning and thought nothing of it. He (the crocodile) was probably down there too,’ she said.
Ms Henderson said the crocodile – which she estimated was about 2 to 2.5metre long – was very close to shore, just happily bobbing up and down in the water
‘I was in the water just after sunrise – in the stinger nets. I’m not sure they would stop a croc though.’
After capturing the footage of the reptile, Ms Henderson shared the video on her Facebook page.
A short time afterwards, lifeguards updated the Queensland beach report sign at the popular beach with an added crocodile alert notice.
‘Croc sighting at the Strand just now, Saturday 10th November at 11:11am … posting my video before the media post it,’ the Facebook post caption stated.
‘All beaches have been closed for swimming along The Strand.’
‘I was impressed with the Lifeguards quick response to close the beaches for swimming to keep the public safe,’ Ms Henderson said.
Visitors to the popular beach were surprised to hear of the crocodile’s presence but weren’t too concerned about having to change their swimming plans.
‘Well, we went out there and we saw the flags, then we didn’t know what to do – so we just went to the rock pools,’ one person told 7News.
‘We were going to have a bit of a dip, but apparently not,’ another person said.
The croc sighting comes a month after another reptile was spotted in Ross Creek near the Metropole Hotel, Townsville Bulletin reported
One woman said she was planning on taking her child to the beach for Nippers but after hearing about the croc spotting she decided to postpone the swim.
The croc sighting comes a month after another reptile was spotted in Ross Creek near the Metropole Hotel, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
At the time, Department of Environment and Science wildlife officers confirmed the crocodile was about one metre long.
Ms Henderson said while the crocodile’s presence was definitely scary, it won’t stop her from swimming in the area.
‘We do live in paradise but we just need to be aware and respect the crocs in their territory,’ she said.